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Colon Diseases & Colorectal Cancer Treatment

The first step is to reach out for a consultation.

Colon diseases affect patients in many ways. Cases of colon disease and colorectal cancer range from mild to severe, which is why Dr. Tahir takes the time to address all of your concerns when diagnosing and evaluating your symptoms.

Every patient matters at Tahir Surgical Clinic and everyone is treated with compassion and thoroughness. Dr. Tahir does his very best to give his patient as many treatment options as possible, starting with the least invasive and progressing from there if needed.

Common Symptoms
of Colon Diseases

There are many common problems affecting the colon and rectum. These conditions include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, abscess, colitis, polyps, and colon cancer. Here are some of the most common symptoms related to the different types of colon diseases.

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Persistent fever
  • Noticeable change in bowel habits
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the consistency of your stool
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Feeling of masses of the outside of the rectum
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, including pain, cramps, bloating or gas

When To Call Your Doctor

We understand that talking about your symptoms can be a sensitive subject. Most patients admit they feel embarrassed to call, but there’s no need to be nervous when speaking with the professional and friendly staff at Tahir Surgical Clinic.

What causes colorectal cancer?

Most colorectal cancers begin as small precancerous polyps. These polyps usually grow slowly and do not cause symptoms until they become large or cancerous. Chronic inflammatory diseases of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, can also increase your risk of colon cancer. Only a small percentage of colon cancers are linked to inherited genes.

With knowledge of the signs and awareness when you are at high risk for colon cancer, you can help your doctor detect cancer early with routine screenings.

Insurance Flexibility

At Tahir Surgical Clinic, we’re always transparent about the cost of treatment. We accept most insurance providers, including most PPO, HMO, and AHCCCS plans. Self-pay options are also available.

In the event you don’t have insurance or treatment is not covered under your current provider, Dr. Tahir doesn’t turn away patients. We’ll work with you to find a solution and get you the help you need!

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Meet Dr. Tahir

Dr. Tahir is an American Board of Surgery Certified Surgeon in Gilbert, AZ with over 40 years of experience treating patients with gallbladder pain and a wide range of conditions.

Colon Diseases and Colorectal Cancer FAQs

Understanding Your Symptoms and Treatment Options

Does age affect the symptoms of colon disease?

Age is a major factor in the types of colon diseases we see in our clinic.

In older patients, the common symptoms for colon disease are blood in the stool, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, abdomen pain and bloating, loss of appetite, change in stool shape and size, stool looking gress, foul-smelling stool, and passing excessive amounts of gas.

In younger patients, we see more complaints of frequent changes in bowel habits, diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stool, abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, lack of appetite, feeling of your bowel not completely emptying, mouth sores, fever, pain or drainage around the anus area, and the urgency to defecate/inability to defecate.

What are my treatment options?

The treatment of colon and rectal diseases can vary from minimally invasive to more invasive, depending on your diagnosis. Colorectal cancer is treated based on the stage of cancer.

Consult with your primary care physician to help determine the best treatment option.

What procedures can be done in your office? Any that must be done at a hospital?

  • Total Colectomy/Hemicolectomy – Hospital
  • Lateral Internal sphincterotomy – Hospital
  • Fistulotomy – Hospital
  • Colonoscopy/Endoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy – Hospital/Clinic
  • Hemorrhoidectomy – Clinic or Hospital
  • Infrared Hemorrhoid Coagulation – Clinic

Cost of Treatment

How much does treatment for colon disease cost?

Most insurance companies will approve colon surgeries as long as they are deemed medically necessary. During an initial consultation, Dr. Tahir will perform an examination, which may include several body systems. Once the physician has determined the appropriate procedure to perform, the office will then start the authorization process with the insurance company as well as receive medical benefit details. Patients will be called for a benefits explanation and approval prior to surgery.

Colon surgeries are done in either an inpatient or outpatient setting in a hospital under general anesthesia. Dr. Tahir performs these surgeries at several facilities, and we facilitate finding the best self-pay pricing for our patients. Costs for outpatient surgery include a professional fee (Dr. Tahir), hospital fee, anesthesia fee, and pre-op testing fee (labs, EKG, chest x-ray, etc).

Payment arrangements can be made with all parties involved, and we’re here to help. Feel free to call us with any questions!

Who do I pay for the surgery?

Dr. Tahir is affiliated with several facilities, but he is a separate entity, in addition to the anesthesiologist. The facility fee is separate from the professional fee and they are not collected together.

The cost of an office procedure is based on your insurance allowable and you’re remaining out-of-pocket. Some insurances will allow in-office procedures at the cost of a specialty co-payment. Self-pay options are always available to patients without insurance.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call us.

Recovery Process for Anal Fissure Treatment

What is the recovery process like after colon/rectal surgery?

The type of treatment will determine your recovery time. However, average recovery times range from days to several months depending on the surgery you’ve undergone. As with any surgery, a lifestyle change will likely need to occur.

Please download our post-operative instructions for more information.

Why Choose Tahir Surgical Clinic?

We offer quality treatment at a reasonable price. It sounds simple (and it is!) but our staff also works extremely hard to maintain a comfortable setting for our patients.

Learn more about what sets Tahir Surgical Clinic apart from the rest!

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